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Collecting Ideas: 200+ Cool Things to Collect

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The only reason I don't have more antiques and collectibles than the few I have now is lack of space. I can't be the only one.

Collecting odds and ends is in everyone's nature.

Collecting odds and ends is in everyone's nature.

Really Cool Things to Collect

Collecting things can be profitable, but the best things to collect are ones you'll enjoy collecting, while at the same time making a little money. There is nothing more fun than building a collection of something you have a real interest in. This article will let you know just how many wonderfully diverse things there are out there that one can put on a shelf.

People are more interesting if they have a hobby, and one of the most popular hobbies is collecting. No matter whether someone collects something strange, odd, unique, funny, or rare, it can tell others what they care about. How far they are willing to go to protect and care for that collection will tell them even more.

Everybody collects something, even if they don't realize it. My grandfather always used to put down people who collected things until he saw a movie in which the main character collected (and used) old tools—the exact same thing my grandfather did. He could relate to that. Everyone can relate to collecting as a hobby.

Collecting armor can be a lot of fun.

Collecting armor can be a lot of fun.

"A" Collectibles: From Accordions to Axes

  • Accordions
  • Adding machines
  • Advertising posters (Be sure to buy a quality frame—most are colorful and look great hanging on the wall.)
  • Air fresheners (They come in all shapes, sizes, and smells.)
  • Alarm clocks (Retro alarm clocks make great decorations for a room. A few sought-after clocks by collectors are those made by Westclox, New Haven and Waterbury.)
  • Anatomical charts
  • Anchors (all sizes)
  • Ankhs
  • Antique furniture
  • Antique silver
  • Apothecary jars (Early glass and ceramic apothecary container labels are in Latin.)
  • Aardvark objects
  • Armor (Can be heavy, but definitely stands out in a room.)
  • Arrowheads (Keep in mind that it is illegal to take arrowheads from state parks.)
  • Arrows
  • Artist cards (also sketch cards), editions, and originals (ACEOs)
  • Ashtrays (even the old ones are durable and very usable)
  • Autographs (always authenticate)
  • Axes and hatchets (Most 18th-century felling axes had a cutting edge on one side and a flat, hammer-like head, also called a poll, on the other.)

Non-Sports Cards Are Worth Collecting Too

"B" Collectibles: From Back Scratchers to Buttons

  • Back scratchers (The ones that have intricate carvings are the ones that collectors want most.)
  • Badges (law, firemen, etc.)
  • Bagpipes
  • Bakelite jewelry (Authentic Bakelite jewelry can sell for thousands of dollars. One way to make sure what you're getting is the real deal is to put it in hot water, remove it, and sniff. Warmed Bakelite smells like camphor.)
  • Banana labels
  • Barber chairs (These are great in living rooms.)
  • Barbed wire (Pay a visit to the Antique Barbed Wire Society if interested in starting a collection.)
  • Barn doors (I know people who use these old doors and entry doors to living rooms.)
  • Bars of soap (A lot of the specialty soaps made nowadays use beautiful wrapping.)
  • Baseball cards (Collecting unopened packs or boxes of sports cards is popular as well, but I've never been able to resist the temptation of opening them.)
  • Beer cans (Most beer can collections are made up of empty cans that have been opened from the bottom.)
  • Beer steins (My brother actually drinks from some of the metal beer steins that he has in his collection; of course, they're not in mint condition.)
  • Bells (handheld and larger ones)
  • Belt buckles (Road King buckles are my favorites.)
  • Bicycles (Knowing how to repair them is essential if you ride them.)
  • Birdbaths (Imagine a back yard full of old birdbaths-and birds)
  • Birdhouses (It's more interesting to let the birds use them.)
  • Blasting machines (dynamite)
  • Blender (I know someone who has and uses a Hamilton Beach Mixer from the 1950s.)
  • Blotter art (A quality frame is a must for this beautiful artwork.)
  • Blow dryers
  • Blueprints (Famous or well-known building blueprints can be framed.)
  • Bonsai trees (Older trees can be worth big bucks.)
  • Bookends (I prefer the metal ones; they're better at holding lots of books.)
  • Bookmarks (Nothing like an old bookmark being used in an old book.)
  • Boogers (from the nose)
  • Classic '80s boom boxes
  • Boot scrapes (Scrapes can be used and hold up quite well.)
  • Bottle caps (Bottle caps are often referred to as crowns.)
  • Bowling balls (another collectible that can be used in most cases)
  • Boxes (There's nothing like keeping antiques in antique boxes.)
  • Boxing gloves (If used in a popular match and signed by the boxer, you've got gold.)
  • Boy Scout memorabilia (patches, etc.)
  • Brochures (Old brochures can be like a trip down memory lane.)
  • Bronze statues (Most are rather large, but you can find a few smaller pieces if you look.)
  • Buckets or pails
  • Bullet holes (framed in glass, wood, metal, etc.)
  • Bumper stickers (unused, of course)
  • Burnt food (photographed)
  • Business cards (You can collect these without even realizing it.)
  • Butter churns
  • Buttons (You can sew them onto cloth for a neat presentation.)

Antiques Roadshow Fails (The Things We Collect Aren't Always Worth As Much As We'd Like Them To Be)

If You're Looking for a Few Cool Things to Collect, You'll Need Some Kind of Guide

Now you just have to figure out what to collect (or what your character will collect). If you ever need a crash course on a wide variety of collectible and what to look for when collecting them, then the PBS show Antiques Roadshow is the way to go. The premise of the show is that people bring in old things, and experts tell them if they're worth anything. They always pick out things that are interesting. It's very informative and entertaining to watch.

"C" Collectibles: From Calculators to Crosses

  • Calculators (An accountant friend of mine has a huge collection of old calculators.)
  • Calendars (Some of the older ones have amazing artwork on them.)
  • Cameras (In most cases, all can still be used no matter the age.)
  • Candles (candlesticks, candelabras, etc.)
  • Candy wrappers (Arrange these into a collage and frame them to create a wonderful piece of artwork.)
  • Car antenna balls or toppers (These make it much easier to find your car in a parking lot.)
  • Carnivorous plants (A great way to control insects.)
  • Carved decoupage ostrich eggs (Some of these delicate collectibles can be quite ornate.)
  • Caskets/coffins (Lots of room is needed for these unique collectibles.)
  • Cash registers (Some old country stores still use old registers to add charm to a place.)
  • Cassette tapes (Make sure you have a working cassette tape player so it won't eat your collectibles.)
  • Ceiling tins
  • Chainsaws (an odd thing to collect, but to each their own)
  • Chainsaw wood carvings and sculptures
  • Children’s drawings (Imagine having drawings from Frank Frazetta when he was a child. That would look so cool framed beside one of his better pieces.)
  • Christmas ornaments (We have Christmas ornaments that are over 30 years old that we still put on our tree to this very day.)
  • Cigar boxes (Even older boxes can be used to put your cigars in.)
  • Cigarette cases (These make for beautiful keepsake boxes.)
  • Clocks (alarm, cuckoo, etc.)
  • Clothes hangers (Boring? Try checking out some of the hangers from the 19th and early 20th centuries and then tell me that. Some are so beautiful you won't want to hang anything on them.)
  • Coal miners' helmets (The more ornate ones are generally more desirable by collectors.)
  • Coasters
  • Coins and money (There are some people who only collect coins that have been in circulation. They feel used money has more history and character.)
  • Coke merchandise (You can find Coca-Cola related antiques in almost any item you want to collect.)
  • Collectible statues (Sideshow Collectibles, McFarlane Toys, etc.)
  • Coloring pages (old ones)
  • Comic books (I have several certified and graded by CGC hanging on my wall.)
  • Compasses
  • Computers
  • Concert posters (Try hanging your posters on the ceiling for a different look.)
  • Corbels (structural and decorative support)
  • Corkscrews (most are still usable)
  • Correspondence (handwritten letters from famous people)
  • Cracker Jack prizes (Some of these are worth major bucks and don't take up a lot of space.)
  • Crate labels (Framing the piece of the crate the label is on looks great hanging on a wall.)
  • Crosses (Imagine a whole wall of old crosses.)

Collecting and Investing in LEGO Toys

"D" Collectibles: From Decorative Inkwells to Dust Jackets

  • Decorative inkwells (for fountain pens)
  • Decorative wall plates
  • Dentistry tools
  • Depression glass (Bubbles were quite common in older glass, so don't get discouraged if you see some, it's a sign of age.)
  • Dice (Dice can be made out of bone, ivory, animal horn, amber, and other materials.)
  • Dinosaur bones (Digging them up yourself is even better.)
  • Dirt or earth (from every country)
  • Display cases (I like to use antique display cases to display my football card collection.)
  • Diving helmets
  • Dollhouses (Really old dollhouses are often more ornate and better built than newer ones.)
  • Doorknobs (Most hold up well if you want to use them in your home.)
  • Door knockers (Nothing like seeing a beautiful antique knocker on a house.)
  • Doors (Those that show wear and tear are just as desirable as those that don't.)
  • Dried flowers and plants (a great teaching tool when framed)
  • Drive-in movie theater speakers
  • Drums
  • Duck calls (Choosing those that sound good is a fine place to start.)
  • Duck decoys
  • Dukes of Hazzard Memorabilia (quite popular due to the flag controversy)
  • Dust jackets (books)

Anyway, in the mid-'80s, I was spending a fortune buying old Golden Age books from the late '30s and '40s, and I was making personal appearances at a lot of sci-fi and comic book conventions all around the country here so that I could find books for my collection.

— Bill Mumy

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Erasers can come in all shapes and sizes—why not collect them?

Erasers can come in all shapes and sizes—why not collect them?

"E" Collectibles: From Ear Picks to Exotic and Rare Fish

  • Ear picks
  • Eggs (Fabergé eggs are always popular to collect, but I have some carved and painted ostrich eggs that I love to show off; I've even been offered quite a bit of money for certain ones.)
  • Election buttons (Political campaign buttons are usually made in mass quantities, but most end up in the trash after elections are over.)
  • Electric fans (a practical collectible during hot weather)
  • Erasers (They make all kinds of cool looking erasers nowadays, though some of them are not really practical to use for erasing mistakes.)
  • Exotic and rare fish
  • Feathers (there are some colorful ones)
  • Film cells (35mm strips of film)
  • Fingerprint cards
  • Finials
  • Fire pokers (You can often tell if a fire poker is hand-forged by how elaborate the designs are. The more creative; the more collectible.)
  • Fishing lures (Older, hand-made lures are worth a lot of money.)
  • Flags
  • Flutes
  • Fountain pens (The brands to look for are Waterman, Sheaffer, Parker, Conklin, and Wahl-Eversharp. These were the most successful companies in the U.S.)
  • Frog-related stuff
They do have expensive guitar picks that are totally worth collecting.

They do have expensive guitar picks that are totally worth collecting.

"G" Collectibles: From Garden Gnomes to Gunfighter Pistols

  • Garden gnomes (Be careful collecting these wonderful garden decorations, or you'll soon have an army of them.)
  • Gargoyle collectibles
  • Gas masks (They must be taken care of if you want them in working condition.)
  • Gavels
  • Glass eyes
  • Golf balls (Logo golf ball collecting is just as popular as collecting marbles.)
  • Greeting cards (Folded greeting cards first appeared around 1910. Unused ones are the only cards most collectors are willing to pay a lot for.)
  • Guitar picks (a cheap and unique collectible)
  • Guitars (There is really nothing like the sound of antique musical instruments; some say they even sound different.)
  • Gumball machines
  • Gunfighter pistols from the Old West can still be fired if they've been maintained. Can you imagine firing the same weapon as a famous gunfighter; that would be cool.
Hammers are a useful tool to collect!

Hammers are a useful tool to collect!

"H" Collectibles: From Hair to Hummel Figurines

  • Hair (celebrity)
  • Halloween memorabilia
  • Hammers (The best things to collect are things that you can actually use, and the old metal in antique hammers will almost never let you down.)
  • Handcuffs
  • Hand well water pumps
  • Handwritten letters by famous people
  • Hangman's noose
  • Happy Meal toys (Complete collections from certain years seem to be more desirable. Some of the more popular collections are the 101 Dalmatians and Minions collections.)
  • Harmonicas
  • Harpoons
  • Hatpins (One way to tell a fake hat pin is if it has a stainless steel stem; stainless steel was not invented during that time.)
  • Hats (If you plan on wearing your vintage hat, it's a good idea to find out your size and what looks good on you before starting your collection.)
  • Hockey sticks
  • Hood ornaments (also called bonnets)
  • Houdini memorabilia
  • Humidors (to store tobacco)
  • Hummel figurines

Although I like to collect traditional movie posters that came out at the same time as the movie, I also love to collect special limited edition illustrated posters. These posters are based upon great movies but illustrated by some of the top artists of the day. One of my favorite companies to buy these from is from Mondo, a division of the Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters.

Old skeleton keys are my favorite types of keys to collect.

Old skeleton keys are my favorite types of keys to collect.

(I - J) More Awesome Things To Collect

  • Ice skates
  • Insects
  • Japanese warrior dolls
  • Jigsaw puzzles (Choices range from high-end, intricate, hand-cut puzzles made by Par and Arteno to the usual cheaper cardboard suspects made by Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers.)
  • Journals (of famous people)
  • Juice boxes
  • Keychains (I know a person with so many different key chains that they actually switch them out every few days. I've seen her collection, and they all look very cool.)
  • Keys (If you can pair old keys with old locks, you've got gold.)
  • KFC memorabilia (You can substitute KFC for any restaurant.)
  • Knives (Fixed blade knives may not be as popular to collect as pocket knives, but they definitely have their fans.)
  • Kool-Aid memorabilia
Old locks with matching keys are a collector's dream.

Old locks with matching keys are a collector's dream.

"L" Collectibles: From Lace to Lunchboxes

  • Lace
  • Lanterns
  • Letter openers
  • License plates (popular with people who collect vintage cars)
  • Light bulbs
  • Limited-edition prints (including gicleé)
  • Lithographs (signed and numbered)
  • Locks (combination and padlock)
  • Logos (Some look so good they could be framed.)
  • Longbows
  • Lottery tickets (that have not been scratched off)
  • Lunchboxes (When buying lunchboxes online, ask questions. Photos are not enough. Poor lighting can hide all kinds of dents and scratches.)
Old maps look great when framed.

Old maps look great when framed.

"M" Collectibles: From Magazines to Mugshots

  • Magazines (Ninja, Fangoria, Sports Illustrated, etc.)
  • Magnets (promotional)
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Mandolins
  • Maps (Old maps look great framed and hanging on a wall.)
  • Marbles
  • Masks (Even old ones can be worn if you're careful with them.)
  • Mason jars (The colored jars are the ones that you want.)
  • Matchbooks (a collectible that could easily go up in flames if you're not careful)
  • Mechanical banks (Some of these banks may actually have old coins in them.)
  • Medieval torture devices (iron maiden, pillory, etc.)
  • Memorial jewelry (coffin rings, etc.)
  • Memorial cards
  • Memory jugs (You usually won't find a maker's mark or signature on a memory jug, but they can be dated by looking at the type of adhesive used.)
  • Meteorites (Many first beginning collectors start out by buying one example of the three main meteorite groups: stones, irons, and stony-irons.)
  • Microphones
  • Microscopes (Well-made microscopes, even old ones, are still useful.)
  • Microwaves
  • Milk glass
  • Mirrors (I have a whole room devoted to antique mirrors.)
  • Model railroads
  • Model ships (These are fragile and beautiful; keep them out of reach of small children.)
  • Movie concept art
  • Movie posters (I'm most fond of the posters from the 1980s.)
  • Movie props (memorabilia used in the film)
  • Movie and TV scripts (the original shooting scripts)
  • Mortars and pestles
  • Motorcycles (a great hobby if you have the space and the money)
  • Mug shots
Collecting fountain pens can get expensive, but totally worth it.

Collecting fountain pens can get expensive, but totally worth it.

(N - P) Collecting Stuff Is A Great Idea For A Hobby

  • Nails (Many old nails can be pulled from old buildings that have fallen, just make sure you have permission to do it.)
  • Native American headdresses
  • Newspapers
  • NFL memorabilia (Raiders, Broncos, Cowboys, etc.)
  • Ninja weapons
  • Nutcrackers
  • Oil cans (Cans that are intact, in good shape, and unopened are extremely desirable, though quite rare.)
  • Olympic medals (easier to collect than you might imagine)
  • Original animation production cels
  • Original comic book art (Original cover art for popular or key issues go for big bucks; splash pages of key scenes within the comic are also desirable.)
  • Ouija boards (and planchettes)
  • Pacifiers (they make some weird ones nowadays)
  • Paintings (Dali, Rockwell, Picasso, etc.)
  • Paperweights (Even the ordinary-looking ones can be worth money.)
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners and/or dispensers
  • Pens
  • Pepsi merchandise
  • Perfume bottles
  • PEZ candy dispensers
  • Photographs (Handle your vintage photographs as little as possible. You might want to make photocopies so you can view them regularly without having to take them out.)
  • Pianos
  • Picture frames
  • Pinball machines
  • Playing cards
  • Pocket knives
  • Pogo sticks
  • Pots and cauldrons
  • Pottery
  • Portholes
  • Postcards (The practice of collecting postcards is called deltiology.)
  • Propellers
  • Puppets
  • Purses
  • Puzzles (If you've never tried the higher-end wooden puzzles, they are like pieces of art and make excellent gifts.

Thrift Store and Yard Sale Finds That Can Change Your Life

Collectibles Are Everywhere and Just Waiting For You To Find Them

While I haven't found amazing items like the ones in the above video, I have found everything from collectible, limited-edition horror statues and toys to very hard to find Cracker Jack prizes to fishing lures that are worth a lot of money. The good thing about searching for stuff at yard sales and thrift shops is that you usually won't have to worry about counterfeit collectibles, but you do have to know what to watch out for, of course, cell phones help a lot with that nowadays.

"Q" and "R" Collectibles: From Quilts to Rubber Ducks

  • Quilts
  • Radios
  • Rare fish (living in a tank)
  • Recipe books
  • Remembrance Jewelry
  • Remote controls
  • Restaurant menus (from places that are no longer around)
  • Rock and mineral specimens
  • Rubber ducks

"S" Collectibles: From Saddles to Swords

  • Saddles
  • Safes
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Sand (from famous beaches)
  • Saxophones
  • Scales
  • Seashells (The optimal times to collect shells off of a beach are at low tide or after big storms, such as hurricanes.)
  • Sewing machines
  • Sextants
  • Sheet music
  • Shields
  • Shoes (older shoes can be re-soled and worn practically forever)
  • Shot glasses
  • Shrunken heads
  • Signs (porcelain, tin, neon, etc.)
  • Skateboards
  • Skulls (You've got to choose between real and manufactured.)
  • Sleds
  • Slot cars
  • Snowflakes
  • Snow globes (Globes featuring hard-to-reach or abandoned places are highly sought after.)
  • Snuff boxes
  • Spectacles or reading glasses
  • Spools of thread
  • Spoons
  • Stamps (a hobby that can be as cheap or expensive as you want)
  • Staplers
  • Stock certificates
  • Street signs
  • Straight razors
  • Stuffed animals (taxidermy)
  • Sundials
  • Sunglasses
  • Super Bowl rings (This is more affordable than you might think unless you want a ring that belonged to a star player. The best advice is to buy from a trustworthy source.)
  • Surfboards
  • Swizzle sticks (This collecting idea is fairly cheap, doesn't take up much space and will catch people's attention.)
  • Swords (antique, not reproductions)

Fun and Interesting Things To Collect

Some Things That Are Not so Easy to Collect

But that doesn't mean you can't entertain the thought anyway, right?

  • Miniature living dinosaurs
  • Stars (Imagine being able to keep a star in a jar.)
  • The bones of famous people (A leg bone would look good up on a wall.)
  • Time (You can use it when you need it.)

"T" Collectibles: From Tarot Cards to Typewriters

  • Tarot cards
  • Tattoos
  • Teddy bears
  • Teeth (human and animal)
  • Telescopes
  • Telegraphs
  • Thermometers
  • Thimbles (sewing)
  • Thumbscrews
  • Ticket stubs
  • Ties
  • Tiffany (lamps, jewelry, etc.)
  • Tiles (Some people like to make whole walls out of different types and kinds of tile.)
  • Toasters
  • Tombstones/headstones
  • Toothbrushes
  • Tooth extractors
  • Totem poles
  • Tractors
  • Travel stickers (These are all about collecting experiences.)
  • Troll Dolls (a toy from the '70s)
  • Trumpets
  • T-shirts (The rubber-like surface on many vintage t-shirts is easily damaged and can stick to other surfaces. Many collectors sprinkle their most prized possessions with talcum powder to avoid the sticking issue.)
  • Typewriters
Collecting violins (especially old, valuable violins) can be extremely expensive, so don't even think about getting into collecting these unless you've got the cash!

Collecting violins (especially old, valuable violins) can be extremely expensive, so don't even think about getting into collecting these unless you've got the cash!

"V" Collectibles: From Valve Handles to Voodoo Memorabilia

  • Valve handles
  • Vampire-hunting kits
  • Venom (Does it solidify over time, I wonder?)
  • VHS tapes (Some VHS tapes can be worth quite a bit of money. Look for banned or discontinued movies such as Disney's Song of the South, low-budget horror films, or Golden Age wrestling tapes from the '80s.)
  • Video games (Some of the older games are quite collectible and can still be played as long as you have the game system to play them on. The first old game I paid a lot for was Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 for the PS2; I paid $40 for it. A great game from my youth.)
  • Vintage labels (whiskey, food, medicine, etc.)
  • Vintage Paper (There's nothing cooler for a writer than putting their thoughts down on centuries old paper.)
  • Vintage suitcases
  • Vintage toy boxes (Empty boxes of highly sought-after toys such as Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, etc. can be sold for big bucks by collectors who don't have a box to put the toys they have in. A box can double or triple the price on some toys, so never pass up a reasonably priced empty box.)
  • Vinyl records
  • Violins
  • Voodoo memorabilia
Pressed wildflowers look great when framed and hanging on the wall.

Pressed wildflowers look great when framed and hanging on the wall.

"W" Collectibles: From Waffle Irons to Wristbands

  • Waffle irons (Even the old ones can still make excellent waffles.)
  • Wagons
  • Walking sticks
  • Wallets
  • Wall outlet covers (decorative)
  • Wallpaper
  • Wall sconces
  • Wands (Harry Potter movie replica wands are available.)
  • Wanted posters (Very cool, but beware of reproductions.)
  • Washing machines (A few years ago I ran across a laundry mat that had working older washing machines that customers could still use; sadly it's now closed.)
  • Wasps (real and ceramic)
  • Watches (You’re not going to have an investment-grade watch unless you’re willing to spend $6,000 to $10,000.)
  • Water (from famous rivers or lakes)
  • Water goblets
  • Watermelon collectibles
  • Watering cans
  • Water nozzles (gardening hoses)
  • Weathervanes (Keep a lookout for any shiny or unworn metalwork, especially inside a hollow form. Forgers have gotten really good at copying patinas on older pieces by using chemical means.)
  • Wedding dresses
  • Werewolf art
  • Wetsuits
  • Whale calls
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wheels
  • Whips (The best whips use something that will not rust for a handle because leather will absorb moisture over time.)
  • Whirlers
  • Whiskey labels
  • Whistles
  • Wiccan paraphernalia or witch stuff
  • Wicker furniture
  • Wigs
  • Wildflowers
  • Winches
  • Windchimes
  • Windmills
  • Wine
  • Wishes
  • Wolf figurines
  • Wooden barrels (the kind that distilleries use to age their spirits)
  • Wooden beams (railroad, barn, etc.)
  • Wrappers
  • Wreaths
  • Wrenches
  • Wrestling memorabilia
  • Wristbands

Collecting Original Comic Book Artwork

Original comic book art can be expensive, but there are some affordable stuff out there. I like to pick out a non-key story from a series that I really thought was well written or well drawn and look for interior pages from it; that way I have no regrets buying it. Sadly, cover art is always quite expensive.

Start a Zippo lighter collection—they're cool and refillable!

Start a Zippo lighter collection—they're cool and refillable!

"Y" and "Z" Collectibles: From Yard Sticks to Zoo Warning Signs

  • Yard sticks
  • Yellow things (collections based solely on one color)
  • Yokes
  • Yo-yos (most can still be played with no matter how old they are)
  • Zany things
  • Zebra statues
  • Zippers
  • Zippo lighters (They produce Zippos with all kinds of designs on them nowadays, which make them quite the collectors item.)
  • Zodiac-related objects
  • Zombie statues or toys
  • Zoo warning signs (Look to zoos that have been shut down for these collectible gems.)

Disney Pin Trading

I Like to Collect Walt Disney Stuff

The list of weird things to collect is endless, but there are plenty of ordinary and popular items that people like to collect too. I first started collecting Disney stuff back when my niece and I started watching the movies. I would buy something for her, and then buy a more expensive collectible for myself. As she's gotten older, she began to buy me things as well. We both have a lot of fun doing it, and as a result, both of us have quite a collection.

© 2013 Don

Know of any strange things to collect?

Don (author) from Tennessee on May 01, 2020:

Old collectible candy machines filled with candy of that time would be an awesome thing to have around the house.

Calvert on April 30, 2020:

You can collect antique quilts, candy, and candy machine’s.

Dylan on November 26, 2019:

Nice long list I collect guitars and guitar picks I got 23 guitars 4 of them Gibson and to be honest I would be here for ever if I counted my guitar picks Ahha

Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars on October 09, 2019:

Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars

Cole Ikerd on July 01, 2019:

Thanks for the list. I didn't pick something from the list, but it did help me make a decision. I'll be sure to come back to it as well.

James D. on February 19, 2019:

Great list of options for anyone out there! As a kid POGS and 'Techdecks' were among my favorite things to collect. As a grown man with kids now I enjoy 'Goatguns' ( which are miniature replica guns. They don't shoot or anything, it is the perfect way to show kids how to use guns and build them yourself. Hope you can add them to the list, they may go under the toy nich.e.

Manya on June 23, 2018:

I collect seashells,keychains,and autographs and I want to start collecting more and more things....... So thanks alot for the help

Antonio on March 31, 2018:

I collect toys, autographs airline plane models, reusable bags, all types of cans and bottles, airline memorabilia, books, etc etc

Sona on October 04, 2017:

I got so many ideas so I am confused which collection should I keep

anonymous on September 30, 2017:


Angel on July 27, 2017:

I collect necklaces, rings, stuffed cows, candles, cookbooks, and notebooks. There's probably more, but I can't think of any at the moment ^^;;

Pressed Penny Man on July 11, 2017:

I collect elongated coins aka pressed pennies, I currently have over 1400 from every U.S. state and over 20 countries. ( Such as Bulgaria, Taiwan, Spain, Guam,Australia, Ireland, Aruba, etc.) Its a fun hobby and its not very expensive.

Unnatirana5 on June 07, 2017:

i like to make lucky paper stars you can make and collect how to make it on youtube..its so cuteee...

Klapkey on January 31, 2017:

Some of these choices are downright weird!! :0

AGuyWhoCouldntSignUpForThisWebsite123 on December 31, 2016:

You should add wine corks. They have containers for collecting wine corks.

anonymous on January 28, 2015:

Awesome sight! I got so many ideas. One thing I thought should be added was antique pocket watches.

anonymous on January 27, 2015:

preserved animal claws

Sandman on November 01, 2014:

I know someone who buys those Sideshow Collectibles Superhero Statues, holds on to 'em for a couple of years and then resales them on ebay for about double or triple what he paid. He's got one wall with nothing but a glass shelf where he keeps them.

Don (author) from Tennessee on January 09, 2014:

@anonymous: I actually saw a very old box of tea at an antique shop the other day back from the 1960s, I think. The colors and artwork were amazing. I can totally see the appeal in collecting such things. Do you break down and flatten out your box or keep it in box form?

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on October 06, 2013:

Collecting things is a very inexpensive hobby. You did a good job introducing people to collecting ideas.

anonymous on September 09, 2013:

Smoking paraphernalia is my game and I'm not talking about cigars or cigarettes. Pooof!

anonymous on August 29, 2013:

empty tea boxes? No? just me?

anonymous on August 03, 2013:

@anonymous: I'm a big fan of illustrated travel posters. They're some really cool ones out there.

anonymous on August 02, 2013:

The illustrated movie posters definitely look better framed on a wall. The ones they make nowadays, excluding the limited edition companies like Mondo, will never be highly collectible in my opinion. The reason is simple - they don't look good on a wall.

anonymous on April 08, 2013:

I would think if you're gonna collect celebrity hair, you need some DNA test papers to go along with it (for authenticity).

anonymous on April 03, 2013:

I was a huge comic book collector back in the day.

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

I have a cousin who collects potato chip bags (empty of course). He has some all the way back to the 70's.

He even has a couple framed.

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